The far reaching clutches of those demeaning nurse stereotypes never cease to amaze me. This time on the ‘infamous’ Dr. Oz show.
Dr. Oz is promoted as the new ‘all-things health’ guru. Spawned from his ‘consultation’ on Oprah, he garnered rave reviews. Enough to launch his own show, now in its 2nd year (I think).
I’m not a fan, nor do I watch the show. I have been a fan of his message and his plight. That is, until now.
In the name of ‘health’ and all-things healthy, I’m a huge supporter to losing weight any which way you can. If it works for you, then keep on doing it. I guess this particular guest on his show lost her weight ‘dancing’. I’m not going to dive into the specifics of her weight loss journey and success. I’d rather talk about the off-color tactics that were used on the show, and how good ole’ Dr. Oz didn’t think anything of it. Here it is cited from The Truth About Nursing website:
Today the popular daytime television program The Dr. Oz Show offered viewers an amazingly concentrated package of harmful nursing stereotypes, all wrapped up in a short segment about Angel Williams, who lost 200 pounds by dancing. We’re all for any safe and effective weight loss strategy. But Williams dressed in a regressive short white nurse’s dress, said she was going to "get sexy" and unbuttoned the top of the dress as she prepared to lead Oz in some dancing, and told Oz that she and a group of similarly attired dancers would be "your nurses, we’re gonna keep America moving for you." No doubt the show thought it would be fun to present these women as Oz’s sexy nurse backup dancers–doesn’t every celebrity physician have those? Especially surgeons like Dr. Oz! Unfortunately, this short segment managed to reinforce a slew of stereotypes: the naughty nurse, the low-skilled physician handmaiden, and the idea that nursing is for females living in a past era. And far from looking uncomfortable about these nursing elements, Oz himself twice referred to the dancers as Williams’s "fellow nurses." After Williams told Oz what the "nurses" would do "for" him, Oz responded, "I love it." We don’t. Please tell Dr. Oz that nurses are skilled, autonomous health professionals–despite the Oprah protégé’s multimedia health empire and his position on the Columbia Medical School faculty, it’s not clear that he knows.
Here is a well-known and respected health care professional, a fellow physician colleague, taking part in some of the most heinous and degrading acts of nursing stereotypes. If Dr. Oz can’t stop the stereotyping that’s happening right in front of his face and in front of his audience….
Do you think it will ever be stopped?
Once again – our profession seems to be the butt-ended punch-line of a good joke or vivid fantasy.
The public will never know what we are, and what we provide at this rate. Good ole’ Hollywood-medicine seems to be hell-bent on keeping it that way.
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